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GenSan council sets probe into P100M El Niño aid

The 20th Sangguniang Panlungsod of General Santos City will launch an inquiry on the issues and complaints hounding the distribution of the national government’s P100 million aid to farmers and fishermen hit by the onslaught of the El Niño phenomenon in the city.

On Tuesday, City Councilor Froebel Kan Balleque said he received numerous complaints with regard to the distribution of the P100 million financial aid from Malacañang.

“Ang pamimigay ng ayuda napuno ng reklamo dahil ayon pa, kahit hindi magsasaka o mangingisda, sila ang nakatanggap. Merong iba na umano’y nakatanggap na naka-iPhone pa, de kotse, dahil malakas kay kapitan. Umiral umano ang “pabor pabor” system… Ang kakapal ng mga muka,” Balleque said.

“In the name of transparency and accountability, kailangang isapubliko ng kinauukulang tanggapan ng lokal na pamahalaan ng GenSan ang listahan ng mga benepisyaryo. Bakit sila naging benepisyaryo at ano ang proseso sa pagtukoy ng mga beneficiaries,” he added.

In response, City Councilor Jose Edmar Yumang, the acting presiding officer, directed the committee on agriculture and the commitee on social services to look into the matter.

“Any allegations raised by Honorable Balleque be confined to a committee hearing. I direct the committee on agriculture and the committee on social services to look into this matter,” he said.

City Administrator Franklin Gacal has denied insinuations posted on social media that the program was being politicized. “Almost 700k ang population ng Gensan. Hindi kaya ng national government na lahat bigyan ng P10k . Pasalamat tayo na may 10k katao na nabigyan,” Gacal said.

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